Reflux Diet

Reflux Diet

Acid reflux can be a very uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Eating certain foods can trigger an onset attack. Most acid reflux can be controlled by medication, but there are some foods that can cause a very strong reaction that the medication cannot do its job. That is why it is important to know what foods can be a trigger for you so that you can control those sudden attacks or prevent them from happening.

It is suggested that most people with acid reflux stay away from spicy and fatty fried foods. While that is true these are not the only foods that are trigger foods.A favorite food of most people is chocolate, but this delicious treat is also a trigger food for a lot of people.

Here is a list of the most common trigger foods.

•    Caffeine( soda, coffee, tea)
•    Spicy Foods
•    Fried, Fatty Foods
•    Chocolate
•    Citrus Foods
•    Tomato Products
•    Peppermint
•    Over Eating

Changing your diet can be the best thing that you can do for your acid reflux. You do not have to stay away from the trigger foods completely but it is suggested to limit your intake. Any food can be a trigger food if you eat large heavy meals. Eating small meals will be very helpful because your stomach will not have to work so hard and in return will produce less acid for digestion. Small meals of complex carbohydrates are best and easiest on the stomach. These foods such as rice, breads, and pasta are able to tie up any extra acid that may be in your stomach.
Fatty fast foods are not a good choice to make for those who have acid reflux. These foods will actually stay in your stomach longer causing more acid to be produced. These foods are not recommended for a healthy acid reflux diet because of the extra acid being produced to digest the food it is very likely that you will have a very strong attack.
Avoid or limit alcohol intake because these drinks can be triggers as well.
Staying in the upright position during and after eating for about 45 minutes will help keep acid in the stomach. Gravity is the key to helping maintain your acid reflux during the daytime. At night acid reflux can be a different story. It is recommended that you raise the head of your bed six to eight inches.